In a sport with a challenging double hump learning curve, the first challenge is to achieve a credible level of consistency. Then, to aspire higher to a station of true excellence, one must scrutinze their fundamental skills even further to scale the steeper second tier.
Fellow pro and performance psychologist, as well as top ranked age group player, Jeff Greenwald
shares his take on the vital importance of how you manage the time in between points,
which consists of far more than 50% of the time you spend on the court.
Improving one’s ball striking skills is the obvious, never ending given. But, it’s the mostly overlooked and seldom taught difference making mental and emotional techniques that represent the ultimate path to your personal best tennis, win or lose, every single time out. Tennis is, after all, much more than just the strokes.
"Jak distills more than 35 years of successful coaching into concrete, practical strategies for enhancing success."
- Dr. Jim Loehr
Mental Toughness Innovator,
Human Performance Institute founder
Whether you’re a tournament player, a weekend warrior, new to the game or coming back to it after a long hiatus, you have experienced moments, even extended patches of truly outstanding play. On the other hand you have also experienced entire days when nothing seemed to go right for you – consistently inconsistent. Learning to understand precisely why you’re succeeding or failing to perform up to your expectations - produced by your good results - is paramount in improving your game and enabling you to aspire higher.
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein
Jak’s ability to quickly zero-in on the differences in your play, those that ultimately account for the successes and failures both in the point and in between points, is the product of over 40 years experience and proven know how in teaching and coaching the game at every level.
His highly developed ability to both recognize and feed the exact ball a players needs to literally feel the optimal ball striking experience, coupled with the playing skill and fitness to do it on the run in one-on-one live ball situations - teaching through playing - result in repetitive perfect practice learning opportunities.
Every player is approached as an individual, one who learns in their own particular way and who grows at their own particular rate – hard wiring and previous conditioning. It’s all about the player and his or her needs, and not about those of the coach.
After working with Jak, even briefly, aspiring players' understanding of their true game and potential is markedly expanded.
"Be with what is, so that what is to be MAY BECOME."
- Kierkegaard, Philosopher